• Active voting fellows and members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraged to participate in the annual election for offices and trustees-at-large on the Board of Trustees and for proposed amendments to the Academy’s governance documents. The election occurs each fall following the Annual Business Meeting and votes may be cast by mail or electronically by voting members in good standing.

    Board Nominations:

    In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for board positions on the 2023 Board of Trustees. These nominations were approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 25, 2022. If elected, the following individuals will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2023. 

    President-Elect Nominee: Jane C. Edmond, MD
    Senior Secretary for Ophthalmic Practice Nominee: Ravi D. Goel, MD
    Secretary for Annual Meeting Nominee: Bennie H. Jeng, MD
    Trustee-at-Large Nominee: Lisa Diane Kelly, MD

    Board Appointments:

    During the June Board of Trustees meeting the following individuals were re-appointed to the 2023 Board of Trustees. Their terms will begin on Jan. 1, 2023. 

    Public Trustee: David C. Herman, MD
    Public Trustee: James A. Lawrence

    Proposed Amendment to the Code of Ethics:

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology's Board of Trustees recommends the following proposed amendment to the Academy's Code of Ethics for consideration and adoption by voting fellows and members via official hybrid election (mail and online) ballot to be sent following the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, September 30, 2022. New language is underlined

    Code of Ethics: Rule 13 - Communications to the Public. Communications to the public must be accurate. They must not convey false, untrue, deceptive, or misleading information through statements, testimonials, photographs, graphics, or other means. They must not omit material information without which the communications would be deceptive. Communications must not appeal to an individual's anxiety in an excessive or unfair way; and they must not create unjustified expectations of results. Communications must not promote health-related misinformation or claims that are false, deceptive, or misleading; statements based on opinion must be identified as such and must not contain material claims of safety and/or efficacy that cannot be substantiated. If communications refer to benefits or other attributes of ophthalmic procedures that involve significant risks, realistic assessments of their safety and efficacy must also be included, as well as the availability of alternatives and, where necessary to avoid deception, descriptions and/or assessments of the benefits or other attributes of those alternatives. Communications must not misrepresent an ophthalmologist's credentials, training, experience, or ability, and must not contain material claims of superiority that cannot be substantiated. If a communication results from payment by and ophthalmologist, this must be disclosed unless the nature, format, or medium makes is apparent. 

    The entire Code of Ethics may be reviewed here

    Nomination Procedures for Academy Board:

    The regular nomination period for the 2023 Board of Trustees closed on Jan. 1, 2022. To nominate a candidate by petition, a written petition to the Academy's CEO must be submitted no later than Aug. 1, 2022. The petition must be signed by at least 50 voting Academy Fellows or Members. 

    To suggest a nominee for the 2024 Board of Trustees, information will be available on this website beginning Nov. 2022.

    Who Can Vote?

    Only Active Fellows, Active Osteopathic Fellows, Life Fellows, Life Osteopathic Fellows, Active Members and Life Members are eligible to vote in Academy elections.

    Vote Online

    Voting fellows and members who have not voted electronically in previous elections will receive an online opt-in email in the early Fall. Those who choose to opt-in to the online ballot or who have voted online in previous elections, will receive their electronic voting materials via email on Oct. 3, 2022. Emails will be sent to the email address listed in the Academy's membership database. Those who do not opt-in to the electronic ballot will receive their voting materials via mail. Voting will be open until Noon (EST) on Nov. 1, 2022).